Ammonia testing measures the amount of ammonia in the blood. Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestines. The liver’s role is to normally convert ammonia into urea, which is then eliminated and excreted in urine.
However, a good indication of liver dysfunction is when Ammonia levels in the blood rise due to the liver not being able to convert ammonia to urea. This may be caused by cirrhosis or severe hepatitis.
For this test, a blood sample is taken and sent urgently for analyses.
How To Take The Ammonia Test
The ammonia test can be done right near your home or office. Testing for ammonia imbalances is really important due to it’s ability to prevent many serious health problems, the test includes:
- An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
- A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
- Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
- Note, pathology will charge approximately $33.00 to take your sample
Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 2 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.